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2:46 AM ET, October 15, 2011

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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News Corporation parts company with law firm Farrer & Co  —  News Corp's legal advisers to be replaced by Olswang, who will now advise on civil claims in relation to phone hacking  —  News Corporation has parted company with the law firm used to defend the News of the World in lawsuits taken …
Discussion: On Media's Blog and Company Town
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Sinead Cruise / Reuters:
Investor group to vote against Murdochs at NewsCorp AGM
Jill Treanor / Guardian:
News Corp faces revolt by quarter of shareholders
Discussion: CJR, Guardian and Media & Entertainment
Jack Shafer:
How to think about plagiarism  —  An editor must have a heart like leather.  Not freshly tanned leather—all supple and yielding like a baby's bum—but like an abandoned baseball glove that's been roasting in the Sonoran Desert for five or six years.  Only those who are hard of heart …
Washington Post:
How Fox News changed the face of journalism  —  One night last month, Roger Ailes stood before a crowd of Fox News employees gathered at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan for a celebration marking the channel's 15th anniversary.  “Our prime time is just unbeatable,” he told them.
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Paul Carr's ‘The New Gambit’ Wants To Be ‘The Economist,’ But Funny (And Tablet-Only!)  —  Here's the one in which we figure out what Paul Carr's startup will actually do; Okay so it is a publication!  Okay it's a whole company focused on publishing only for tablets and e-readers!
Discussion: Blog. and FishbowlLA
John Koblin / WWD:
Emily Nussbaum Headed to The New Yorker  —  NUSSBAUM TO NEW YORKER: New York Magazine writer Emily Nussbaum will succeed Nancy Franklin as The New Yorker's TV critic.  She's leaving New York in two weeks and will start her job at The New Yorker early next month.  “I'm completely excited,” said Nussbaum.
John Cook / Gawker:
How the Bush Administration Got Reporters to Stop Writing So Many ‘Bodybag’ Stories From Iraq  —  Public relations is about “relationships.”  Flacks develop “relationships” with reporters by calling them and yelling at them until the reporters start to realize, before they write something, that an unpleasant conversation might ensue.
Brittany Wallman / Broward Politics:
Lauderhill Mayor Kaplan to Sun Sentinel: Reporters are lobbyists  —  One of the mayors in Broward already is using the new Code of Ethics to explain why he'll give a “no comment.”  —  Lauderhill Mayor Richard Kaplan says under his interpretation of the newly passed code …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Yahoo Hires Heidrick & Struggles for CEO Search  —  According to sources close to the situation, Yahoo has hired Heidrick & Struggles for its CEO search.  —  It will be a dicey job, since the effort is on a separate track than the Silicon Valley Internet giant's wide-ranging strategic review …
Poynter:
New York Times' buyouts, contract negotiations show newsroom shift to Web  —  Thursday's offer of 20 voluntary buyouts for New York Times staff shows the continuing evolution of the newsroom — cuts to the print operation while trying to nurture online growth.
Discussion: New York Times
The Huffington Post:
To Baby, A Magazine Is An IPad That Doesn't Work (VIDEO) … Baby Ipad , Baby Ipad Magazine , Baby Magazine Ipad , Baby Who Broke Ipad , Ipad Magazine Baby , Ipad v Magazine , Magazine Ipad Baby , Magazine v Ipad , Urlesque , Parents News  —  Imagine baby's frustration when she discovers a magazine is just, well, a magazine.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
TV Audience Shrinking on Friday Nights  —  Saturday night has long been the loneliest night of the week in the television business, but lately it's been joined by another evening pining for viewers: Fridays.  —  Once the location of some of television's biggest hits, everything …
Kennebec Journal:
MaineToday Media laying off 38 newspaper employees  —  PORTLAND — Richard L. Connor, chief executive officer of MaineToday Media, announced that 38 full- and part-time employees of The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram were notified today that they will be laid off in two weeks.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Palm Beach Post lays off 20  —  The Cox Media-owned Palm Beach Post laid off at least 20 employees Friday, some of whom end their tenure today.  In what is becoming a common refrain, Publisher Tim Burke told staff, “the latest economic downturn forced us to adjust our recently completed 2012 …
Discussion: Gossip Extra
 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Like WSJ Europe, some US papers rely on deeply-discounted circulation
Discussion: Forbes and paidContent
John Cook / Gawker:
ABC News Chief Tells His Reporters to Turn a Terror Threat Story Into a ‘Thriller’
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Jacob Harris / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: Poynter, Erik Wemple and Charles Apple
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Global circulation falls as readers become ‘promiscuous’